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  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Carillion fall-out, household debt, Brexit blow

    Tuesday 16 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - One in four of Britain's poorest households are falling behind with debt payments or spending more than a quarter of their monthly income on repayments, according to a study. The latest evidence of mounting debt problems for some of the most vulnerable in society is shown in a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with the poorest tenth of households more likely to be in net debt, owing more on plastic or on overdrafts and loans than they hold in savings. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Carillion, GKN, Barclays, diesel cars

    Monday 15 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Ministers are facing questions about why hundreds of millions of pounds of work was awarded to a public contractor even after it issued a string of profit warnings. Last night the fate of the company, an employer of almost 20,000 people in the UK, lay in government hands after lenders indicated they would not rescue it without ministerial help. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Carillion, GKN, Brexit, gas prices

    Sunday 14 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Bosses at Carillion have appealed for a state-backed rescue, telling ministers that its survival rests on a bail-out of the firm's most troubled contracts. The crisis-hit construction firm has called on the government to step in to reduce the financial burden of a string of failed projects around the country, with the cry for help understood to centre around three UK public private partnership contracts, and asked Whitehall to pledge to dramatically speed up future outstanding payments. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Dominic Chappell, Carillion, New Look

    Friday 12 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - The former owner of BHS, Dominic Chappell, has been found guilty of three charges of failing to provide vital documents to the pensions watchdog. Chappell, 51, was charged with neglecting or refusing to respond to three section 72 notices demanding he hand over vital documents and information relating to the purchase of the company. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: BHS, Carillion, Deloitte

    Thursday 11 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - The former BHS owner Dominic Chappell has told a court that workers were seen shredding bin bags of documents prior to his purchase of Sir Philip Green's doomed high street chain in 2015. Chappell, 51, said the staff tipped the bags into an "industrial-sized" shredder, which was located in a lorry or a van in the car park of the Arcadia-run BHS offices in London. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: World Bank, Brexit, Shell, Amazon

    Wednesday 10 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Financial markets are complacent about the risks of sharply higher interest rates that could be triggered by better than expected growth in the global economy this year, the World Bank has warned. The Washington-based organisation said that much of the rich west was running at full capacity as a result of a broad-based upswing in activity, but were now vulnerable to a period of rising inflation that would prompt action from central banks. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Retail woe, credit card misselling, AA, Lidl

    Tuesday 09 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - The number of retailers going into administration has risen for the first time in five years as falling consumer confidence and rising costs take their toll on businesses. Figures compiled by Deloitte show that 118 retailers became insolvent last year, a 28 per cent increase on 2016, when 92 firms filed for administration. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Retailers, commuters, BT

    Monday 08 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - At least 20 retailers will reveal how they performed over the festive period this week, with Tesco expected to be one of the Christmas winners but Marks & Spencer continuing to struggle. Others due to update investors include Sainsbury's, Morrisons, John Lewis, House of Fraser and fast-growing discounter B&M. With little sales growth to be found, it is not expected to be a vintage year for any company as consumer confidence and spending power remains weak. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Pay drag, GSK, bitcoin, rail rejig, Carillion

    Sunday 07 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Britons are expecting smaller pay rises this year, according to a new survey, despite widespread optimism that wages are set to accelerate after years of weak growth. The survey of more than 5,000 consumers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) shows that they expect their pay to climb by an average of just 2.4% in 2018, down from 2.7% last year. With inflation running at a higher rate, that would mean a real-terms wage cut. - Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Investment banks, Colman's, diesel cars

    Friday 05 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Investment banks earned a record of nearly $104bn (£76.7bn) in fees globally last year from work advising companies on more than $3.5tn worth of takeovers and mergers. Globally, banks billed their clients for $103.9bn worth of fees for their work, a 16% increase on 2016 and the highest yearly total since Thomson Reuters began collating data in 2000. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Fat cat pay, Poundland, Tesla, Petrobras

    Thursday 04 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Bosses of top British companies will have made more money by lunchtime on Thursday than the average UK worker will earn in the entire year, according to an independent analysis of the vast gap in pay between chief executives and everyone else. The chief executives of FTSE 100 companies are paid a median average of £3.45m a year, which works out at 120 times the £28,758 collected by full-time UK workers on average. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Ryanair, house prices, Mifid II, EDF

    Wednesday 03 Jan 2018

    (ShareCast News) - Ryanair has applied for a British air operating licence to ensure its domestic UK routes can keep flying after Brexit. The Irish airline has repeatedly warned that flights could be grounded after March 2019 unless a new framework for aviation is agreed between Britain and the EU. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Iran, UK retailers, Funding Circle

    Sunday 31 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Two people are understood to have been killed after Iranian security forces reportedly opened fire on anti-government demonstrators on Saturday as the largest protests seen in the country since 2009 continued for a third day. Reports of the two deaths were were posted on social media. There was no official confirmation of the fatalities but the posted images appeared to show several bodies being carried away after clashes with police in the western city in Dorud. - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: UK wages, lack of staff, RBS, Thomas Cook

    Friday 29 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain is set to have the worst wage growth of any wealthy nation next year, ranking behind Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to analysis by the TUC. The UK is forecast to come bottom from 32 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development wealthy nations for wage performance in 2018, according to the study of OECD figures by the unions' umbrella group. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Automation, business growth, Lloyds

    Thursday 28 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The rise of the machine economy risks social disruption by widening the gap between rich and poor in Britain, as automation threatens jobs generating £290bn in wages. Jobs accounting for a third of annual pay in the UK risk being automated, according to the study by the IPPR thinktank. Warning that low-paid roles are in the greatest danger, it urged ministers to head off the prospect of rising inequality by helping people retrain and share in the benefits from advances in technology. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: house prices, Boxing Day sales, Odey

    Wednesday 27 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - House price growth looks set to judder to a halt in 2018 or at best manage a small below-inflation rise, as the twin spectres of Brexit and rising interest rates put the brakes on the property market. Following what some have called a lacklustre year, homeowners and those looking to sell in the coming months have been told to expect an underwhelming and subdued 2018, with a number of leading commentators predicting UK house prices will either stay flat next year or perhaps rise by 1% or so. - Guardian

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Tesco, Catalonia, Vauxhall, inheritance tax

    Friday 22 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Dave Lewis, the chief executive of Tesco, has "some explaining to do" about why the company did not reveal its inspectors had unearthed "major" process issues at a second 2 Sisters Food Group factory, an influential MP has said. The supermarket chain conducted a series of emergency inspections of 2 Sisters poultry factories as a direct response to a Guardian and ITV undercover investigation into its West Bromwich site at the end of September. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Agency workers, car manufacturing, Bitcoin

    Thursday 21 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Agency workers are collectively underpaid by £400m a year compared to their full-time counterparts, with the pay gap costing temporary admin staff £990 a year on average, according to new research. The Resolution Foundation said the loss of pay across all sectors took the average loss for each of the UK's 800,000 agency workers to £500 a year, up from £430 last year. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: US tax bill, EU referendum, LSE, Saudi Aramco

    Wednesday 20 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Senate Republicans have passed a sweeping overhaul of the US tax code, placing Donald Trump on the brink of scoring his first major legislative victory. The Senate approved the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which includes permanent tax breaks for corporations and temporary tax cuts for individuals, by a final vote of 51-48. Once enacted, the legislation will represent the most drastic changes to the US tax code since 1986. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Fat cat pay, Toys R Us, LSE

    Tuesday 19 Dec 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Several of Britain's best-known companies, including Burberry, Sky and Sports Direct, are included on a list ordered by the prime minister of firms rewarding bosses with "fat cat pay" and representing the "unacceptable face of capitalism". More than a fifth of Britain's FTSE listed-firms are included on the "name and shame" register of companies that Theresa May said risk damaging "the social fabric of our country" by paying bosses too much money. - Guardian

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